‘Lungu must stop insulting Tongas or I will deal with him’

‘Lungu must stop insulting Tongas or I will deal with him’

Edgar Lungu must desist from insulting Tongas or I will personally deal with him the first time I meet him

By Prof. Michelo Hansungule

Some few days back, president Edgar Lungu was without provocation unashamedly spewing his hatred against the Tonga people – why? Why does Edgar find it so easy to pop up the word ‘Tonga’ from his head? Why does he find it so easy to insult and demean the Tonga? This is not the first time Edgar has made demeaning statements and insinuations against Tongas and I want to take him on. In the latest statement, he was quoted as having said HH who happens to be Tonga by birth will never be president of Zambia but that a Tonga president is a possibility.
This is ridiculous to say the least. Edgar ought to know that according to the constitution which in fact he is credited by the University to have written, tribes do not contest the presidency. It is individual citizens who can aspire to contest the presidency, not tribes. Or is he saying he is a tribal president? I will believe it if that is the point he is driving at. Nevertheless, there is nothing in article 43 of the constitution which empowers tribes to put up candidates for election to the presidency and what a shame that a whole president is preoccupied with tribes in politics?
Edgar Lungu must not be allowed (I will certainly not allow him) to make irresponsible tribally inclined statements insulting and demeaning people that are not even in politics. I am Tonga by birth but so what? Why should I be a suspect only because of tribal affiliation yet it is my birth condition? One must be uncivilised to the extreme to conjure up nothing but tribes in one’s head. No one, least of all the president of a country should be seeing things in terms of tribes. If you have a problem with your political opponents, try be mature to limit your political game to them as individuals.
The constitution itself has deep respect for our ethnic groups. The preamble, inter alia, states:
‘Recognise and uphold the ethnic multi racial religious and multicultural character of our Nation and our right to manage our affairs and resources sustainably in a devolved system of governance’.
This liberal undertone is deliberate given the character of the Zambian society. Zambia is a melting pot which long before the establishment of Zambia hosted all on the basis of equality. Article 19 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights which is applicable to Zambia read with article 2 of the same forbids and in fact criminalises group based or ethnic discrimination. Based on this law, all ethnic groups are equal and must be treated equally. Tribalism is an offence under the Zambian Penal Code and quite rightly so because civilised people deserve to be protected from sick minds who see Zambia in terms of tribes.
If the law is timid and hence fails to act against born tribalists, society have a duty to put them right. From now on, anyone who incites tribalism regardless of their position in society should be put right. This is in order to protect the civilisation gains we have achieved over time and to protect people from worse things that will follow reckless handling of multi ethnic societies such as ours. Our politicians should grow up and respect diversity. Diversity is what makes Zambia what it is and it should be celebrated rather than held in contempt. Holders of state institutions in particular have a higher responsibility to demonstrate leadership through their utterances, conduct and behaviour. And people must demonstrate their diverse make up by making it difficult for tribalists regardless of their office and rank to live let alone to indulge in their sick games. Every group should feel Zambian and be proud of what they are. God did not only make some groups, he made all. To insult, marginalise or ridicule some groups is to insult God who made them. Today is Sunday, let us pray for extinction of tribalists.

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    Gabble 2 weeks ago

    Useless Professor……What can you do to Edgah. Edgah did not insult Tongas. If this is your interpretation I have plenty of doubts about your qualifications and which Unversity confered them on you.

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    lungu lungu lungu is lungu your voter , convince people you longed hh.Call people to vote for you, lungu is not a failure , you are a failure hh and pfs dungudungu senseless.

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    Which soldiers, hypocrite we will search for you through technology and show us which soldier.

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    James Mulenga 3 weeks ago

    Only a foolish intellectual can see insults in what Lungu said.. We all know that he was just mocking hh and not Tongas as a tribe.. That’s why he said a Tonga president is possible but not hh.. The only problem have come see is that UPND thinks it’s Tonga and Tongas think they are UPND so if one mocks UPND then that person mocks Tongas which is wrong thinking.. Unless you say UPND is only for Tongas the we will understand and we will say the president insulted Tonga.

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    But us Tongas have been fielding the same Tonga man for ages now, what do we call that?

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      Nyambe the Hero 3 weeks ago


      That is exactly what you have done, sidelining none tonga people in UPND,e.g. Sakwiba, fielding the same failing candidate in the name of Tongasover and over. Failure to go for a party convention because UPND is aTonga personal to holder party. Deal with Lungu, you shall equally be dealt
      with.

      Sakwiba and the mulatto at justice would have already auctioned UPND by now. Look at the the people PF has used taxpayer money to buy off like Kapita, Moonga and opportunists like GBM.

      It takes guts and real men and women to run the biggest opposition party. Without UPND there would be total PF despotism.

      UPND has also lasted long compared to many defunct parties like late Chama Chakomboka’s party, Enoch Kavindele’s United Party, Rodger Chongwe’s Liberal Party, National Party, late Dean Mungomba’s ZADECO, Aka’s Agenda for Zambia, Nevers Mumba’s National Christian Coalition, Miyanda’s Heritage Party, late Ken Ngondo’s party, Miles Sampa’s party, Erick Chanda’s party, Danny Pule’s party, Frank Bwalya’s outfit, Sakwiba’s ULP etc. UPND is also doing better than one – person outfits like FDD and dysfunctional ones like UNIP and MMD which has actually morphed into PF.

      Your man talks tribe and other petty things because he has no gameplan like how to grow the economy at a faster rate to create jobs and lift people out of poverty. His only achievement is over-priced roads that are really conduits for plunder.

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      Ewa: Where does a tribe sponsor a presidential candidate in Zambia?

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      Chelsey 2 weeks ago

      Viva Hansungule! You have exposed pf tribalism against Tongas. I know that the truth pains, but that’s what it is. It is the reason why many pf tribalists are attacking you for no apparent reason. Stolen dollars are really really blinding these pf tribal criminals. 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂.

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    Myselefu 3 weeks ago

    That is exactly what you have done, sidelining none tonga people in UPND, e.g. Sakwiba, fielding the same failing candidate in the name of Tongas over and over. Failure to go for a party convention because UPND is a Tonga personal to holder party. Deal with Lungu, you shall equally be dealt with.

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    Chelsey 3 weeks ago

    Viva prof. Hansungule! Your wisdom is way above pf tribal thugs. They called you a tribalist for mentioning your own tribe Tonga. This kind of pf mentality is scary. I’m glad you did not mention Lungu’s Malawian tribe. 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂. The good news is that Tasila will never rule Zambia. One Zambia One Nation! No pf tribal bullshit!😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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    Hahaha is talking about HH talking about Tongas. Sounds like HH = Tonga. Hansungule are you losing your professionalism? Lungu and HH are politicians who call each other names. Join politics so that you can be dealt with politically. Do not hind on the tri&e.

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    Barotseland 3 weeks ago

    Hope you have heard you PF boss thats bad in your capacity to behave like that. What have Tongas done for you to hate them like that are you scared of HH or what.Thats why other Provinces like Western and North Western are still undeveloped because of this bad device of tribalism. Come 2021 will vote for someone whos nit a tribalist to rule this country.

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    Chelsey 3 weeks ago

    Hansungule is 100% right to expose the bad side of president Lungu without fear. Unfortunately, stupid pf tribalists find it hard to analyze the importance of prof. Hansungule’s message as they can’t think beyond their noses. When Lungu talks tribal trash, pf thugs praise him while Hansungule who does not mention other tribes is labeled as a tribalist. This is playing with other people’s minds to say the least. Prof. don’t worry about pf criminals who call you names for speaking the reality. Pf bastards are really really disgusting! Their strategy to win elections is based on calling Tongas tribal. What a shame for a president who uses tribalism to gain a political mileage instead of implementing economical developments. All pf bastards who call Tongas tribal should go to hell! Anyway, what should a normal person expect from pf criminals suffering from igorance and tribalism.These bastards are worse than AIDS! When is pf fasting and praying to invite dollars from donors? 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😃😃😃pf=perpetual failures 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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    Wanzelu 3 weeks ago

    That is what The Democrat Party said about Trump in the year 2016. Nancy Pelosi, Bernie Sanders, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, New York Times, etc. And what happened? Trump won beating crooked Hilary. He had more that 300 electoral votes when the required electoral votes were only 270. It might happen here. If we all go out in huge numbers to vote, even the rigging they are used to will not be possible,

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      There is no rigging bwana.baponafye they don’t tell the truth.

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        We all know that ECL is a visionless man. The question here is …are we going to vote for PF my suspicion is that we will vote them back into power became, we the zambians are simply to stupid to know better.

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      Great Michael went it all alone and dislodged MMd. where was rigging?so no rigging bwana baponafye except they don’t tell the truth.

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        Chelsey 2 weeks ago

        Viva prof. Hansungule! Thanks for exposing pf tribalism. One Zambia One Nation! Zambia isn’t for pf thieves or corrupt minds😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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    Wanzelu 3 weeks ago

    That’s what the Democrat Party said in 2016 that Trump will never be president. Nancy Pelosi, Bernie Sanders, CNN, MSBC, ABC, New York Times etc. And what happened? Trump beat Crooked Hilary by far – More that 300 electoral votes of the required 270. It might just happen in Zambia. If we turn out in numbers and vote, even the rigging they are used to will not be possible!

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    zambian 3 weeks ago

    I admire this honorable gentleman. Hes a great mind. How I wish our leaders could use some of these brains?

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      UNIP govt laid the foundation of the problem of tribalism by creating fashionable and less fashionable tribes based on language. I suspect this is what makes Lungu say the things he says. Merely speaking Tonga in Lusaka for example, has come to be seen as practising tribalism because of what UNIP did in the late 1960s. Lungu sees himself as coming from a fashionable tribe compared to Tongas.

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        These are the ones that beat up people from other provinces in 2016in namwala purporting that they enabled pf to win.what do you call that? one Zambia one Nation.hypocrites indeed!

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    HaHaHaHa Hansungule,go and work in Southern province and pretend you are Mulenga, it will be a perfect research work for you and you will be accorded another professorship on tribalism and what it means to insult other groupings.Ask those bembas who were beaten in Namwala, Leave Lungu and ask why someone can have five vice presidents and today he can’t have one coz of………

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    Hansungule, you are saying you will personally deal with Edgar? Is this really coming from you? You seem to be out of your depth. Are you really a Professor to be issuing such personalised threats?

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      @The doc and Tonga girl. Learn to respect professionally acclaimed people like Hasungule. He is more educated and highly respected in the world. Its people like you who are driving this country to ruins. Who are you to disrespect such a well informed man.

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        abilima 3 weeks ago

        PM – “professionally acclaimed people like Hasungule” – will you justify the professional acclamation? Just because somebody has branded themselves “professionally acclaimed” should not be a basis for even simple minds like you to stand on an anthill and start singing undeserved praises. Tell me one thing that your Hansungule has done that is praiseworthy. This tribal loudmouth has looked at every opportunity to attack ECL. There is nothing tribal that ECL said except in the minds of tribalists like you and Hansungule.

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        Lungu went to Southern Province to officiate at an economic conference but diverted to start talking about HH and Tongas. Why? Lungu wants a Tonga-free Zambia. I doubt it Lungu would extend a helping hand if he saw a Tonga child drowning and crying out for help in Tonga. It’s becoming too much about Tongas. Is it Tongas who told him to borrow money carelessly on behalf of Zambia?

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          abilima 3 weeks ago

          Have a culture of reading before you comment. ECL did not divert to talk about HH and Tongas from the EAZ forum. He was asked a question at the airport – whose answer he appropriately provided — and now all tribalists like you have twisted it to suit your narrative.

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            Why didn’t Lungu tell the reporter to ask him about the economic conference? Why doesn’t Lungu answer by saying “I haven’t come here to campaign but to do my other jobs?” It seems constant campaign is hallmark of his presidency. Is that normal? Soldiers have started talking. You know what that means.

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        This so called professor in caderism, fighting battles in a foreign land. Come back to Zambia and face ECL head on. Come 2021 it is ECL. This kind of bitterness is what normal people fear to trust HH. Even when you listen to local radio stations in Southern Province, it is spitting fire. HH is Tonga and Tonga is HH. Anyone who contributes at a radio station in support of the Government is an Idio t. Chief Mu ku ni is just ka cader of HH coz of business interests. When ECL said bembas have sticky fingers, Nevers Mumba wanted to politise the issue but Paramount Chief Chitimukulu brushed him off.And remained HH to bring back the money he is hiding in offshow accounts.